Update - Boundary Community Hospital

Tina Wilson


Tina Wilson with Rotarian Greg Johnson

Tina provided Rotarians with an update on current activities at the hospital including the recent health fair and the Fry Healthcare Foundation (FHF).  Questions were posed regarding technology and equipment updates, the long-term outlook for the hospital and the marketing of physicians and their staffs in Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane regarding the capabilities for treatment and services at Boundary Community Hospital (BCH).

Forty-eight vendors participated in the Health Fair held on Saturday, May 12th.  There was a children’s bike rodeo, bike tune-ups compliments of Far North Outfitters, bicycle helmets for kids, the 3K, 5K and 10K fun runs, Med Star helicopter and available coupons for free or highly discounted outpatient services (cholesterol checks, other laboratory services).  Tina also referenced the extensive use of the newly renovated educational center in renovated property located just west of the hospital, provided from funds from the FHF and its fund raising activities including the Festival of Trees and the annual golf tournament scheduled for June 15th.  She mentioned that there would no longer be a paid director for the Festival of Trees, the burden and responsibilities being assumed by the Hospital and Foundation boards of directors. 

Reference was made to the technology and equipment that is available at BCH, citing the diagnostic services of radiology, including MRI and CT scans and digital mammography.  Rehabilitation services are unique for this size hospital having all three modalities available for physical, occupational and speech therapies.  There appeared to be agreement that services need to be marketed to medical practice offices in Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene and perhaps Spokane with appropriate documentation regarding technical staff background, training and experience as well as the availability of technology and equipment on site at BCH.  Although the patient is referred to as the decision-maker, it is often the physician and/or their staffs who are deciding where and by whom the patient will be treated. 

Tina announced that she will be leaving the hospital the end of June and will relocate to the Boise area to be closer to family.